Chestnut Hill On Ice Winter Festival Returns With Iceless Ice Skating, Live Ice Carvings, Bonfires and More!
Beat the winter blues and head to Chestnut Hill on Ice, January 29 and 30 (rain dates February 5 and 6), for socially distanced ice-themed attractions, including a pop- up iceless ice skating rink, live ice carvings, a designer-built yurt village, and more! Chestnut Hill on Ice is free to attend, with pay-as-you-go activities for all ages.
Chestnut Hill on Ice elevates the winter experience with the return of world-renowned ice sculptor Peter Slavin and Philadelphia’s own Ice Sculpture Philly, cold weather activities and cozy comforts, live music, and restaurant and retail specials, including chili specials and adult beverages. The two-day event will take place along Germantown Avenue between Rex Avenue and Willow Grove Avenue on Friday, January 29, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, January 30, from noon to 6 p.m.
2021 Chestnut Hill on Ice activities include:
• Iceless Ice Skating Rink: Visitors of all ages will enjoy gliding across an iceless rink, socially distanced from other skaters, in this all-weather activity. Skates in varying sizes and walkers for non-skaters will be available on site. Admission is $10 per person; tickets should be purchased in advance HERE. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 19 skaters will be allowed in the rink at one time. The rink will be located at 150 East Evergreen Avenue and will be open Saturday, January 30, from noon to 5 p.m.
• Ice Sculptures & Live Ice Carving Demonstrations: Masterfully crafted ice sculptures will be displayed along Germantown Avenue on Friday and Saturday. Live ice carving shows by Peter Slavin and his team will take place at Laurel Hill Gardens (8125 Germantown Avenue) on Friday, January 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. Ice Sculpture Philly is the world’s first performance ice sculpting company, combining action, adventure, humor, drama, and audience participation to create an unforgettable experience.
• Yurt Village: Get inspired for winter “glamping” and cozy up at the Yurt Village, located at Laurel Hill Gardens (8125 Germantown Ave), with tents fitted out with chic furnishings styled by HOST Interiors and Summer Classics. Master artist Peter Slavin of Ice Sculpture Philly will also be outfitting a yurt with furnishings carved entirely from ice! The Yurt Village will be open Friday and Saturday during regular Chestnut Hill on Ice hours.
• Ice Bonfire: Stay warm and cozy as Chestnut Hill on Ice concludes with an impressive eight-foot bonfire encased in a pillar of ice on Saturday, January 30, at 5:30 p.m., at 150 East Evergreen Avenue.
• Warming Stations: Stations with fire pits will be located along Germantown Avenue, offering attendees the chance to warm up while enjoying warm adult and children-friendly beverages and snacks.
• Stateside Vodka will offer bottle sales at their mobile bar at Laurel Hill Gardens on Friday night and Saturday during Chestnut Hill on Ice.
• Chili Specials: Returning for the third year, Chestnut Hill’s restaurants will engage in a friendly competition to see who can cook up the most delicious chili. Taste one or taste them all while exploring the Hill on Friday and Saturday. Participating restaurants include El Poquito (Beef Chili), Chestnut Hill Grill (Vegetarian Chili), McNally’s Tavern (Turkey Chili), All the Way Live Cafe (Chickpea Chili), Cosimo’s Pizza Cafe (Beef Chili), Mimi’s Market & Café (Beef Chili), Chestnut Hill Brewing (Vegan Chili), and more to be announced soon!
• Live Music: On Saturday, January 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy cover band Chorduroy Acoustic Duo as they perform live at Chestnut Hill Brewing Company (8231 Germantown Avenue). Sit outside, enjoy some tunes, and relax with an extensive list of beers and boozy cocktails that can be enjoyed in an ice mug. Also new for the season, a new winter-themed cocktail— a Salted Caramel Vodka Hot Chocolate.
• Meet the Snow Queens: On Saturday, January 30, from 3 to 5 p.m., catch a glimpse of Snow Queen and her friend Ice Princess as they greet and take pictures with visitors at 150 East Evergreen Avenue. Masks must be worn to interact with Snow Queen and Ice Princess.